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September 4, 2010

There is already a lot of info on the web about using winding sticks. They are pretty straight forward. Just place a stick at each end of the board then sight across the sticks. If the board is twisted the sticks will not be parallel to each other. I suggest that you check both at the ends of the board and then again placing each stick about 1/4 of the total length in from each end. (This is extremely important on long pieces.) This extra check is important because it can be easy to inadvertently remove too much material from one area of the board when using a roughing cut with a scrub or jack plane. Per a recommendation I found on the Internet I bought two pieces of aluminum angle stock from Home Depot. The are plenty flat enough for this task, they don’t change with humidity, they are extremely light and best of all, I did not have to make anything. In the photo below you can clearly see that this 6′ board is twisted – with the rear right corner higher than the front right.

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